PORTSMOUTH, OH (WOWK)—The two men killed in a Portsmouth shooting on Sunday have been identified.
According to Portsmouth Deputy Police Chief Jason Handrick, 40-year-old Abraham Pucheta and 35-year-old Javier Luna, both of Portsmouth, died in Sunday’s shooting.
Callers reported to 911 that the shooting occurred just outside of Frank N Steins Lounge around 2:23 a.m., Portsmouth PD said.
Police said that upon arrival by officers, two Hispanic men suffered gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Portsmouth PD says they have identified a suspect, but that suspect is not yet in custody.
The two men were employees at the Toro Loco Mexican Restaurant in Portsmouth, a couple of blocks away from the bar.
The restaurant’s owner Mario Fuentes rushed to the area right after the incident happened. He says he was overcome with emotions when he saw his friends on the ground.
“One of those guys was working with me for almost 17 years and he was about to go to Mexico and he’d say ‘eh, maybe next year.’ If you ask me about it, I can’t close my eyes, I see it. I was just there,” Fuentes recalls Sunday morning.
While the victims’ families are seeking answers, local residents are saying they are concerned with the recent rise in violent crimes in the area.
Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer says she agrees with the public, this is becoming a problem and they will continue their work to prevent incidents like this from happening.
She did not specify any new measures of enforcement but said they will continue patrols.